Scaling up Kudumbashree collective action for poverty alleviation and women's empowerment

Book, Preprint OPEN
Kadiyala, Suneetha (2004)
  • Subject: Scaling-up ,Collective action ,

"This paper discusses the factors that enabled and constrained the scaling up of a multisectoral poverty alleviation program called Kudumbashree, initiated by the government of Kerala (GOK), India, in 1998 to eradicate poverty by 2008. It also discusses some potential threats to and trade-offs of scaling up Kudumbashree. This report draws primarily upon the available literature and qualitative data collected during a five-day visit to Kudumbashree in March 2003....Our findings show that an enabling environment, especially decentralization and the concurrent devolution of finances to the local government bodies (LGBs), was critical in scaling up Kudumbashree. The CDS structures are now considered as a further step to decentralization. As the CDS structures are affiliated to the LGBs, their financial sustainability is ensured through various modalities, e.g., convergence, women's component plan, and earmarked assistance to women's self-help groups (SHG). The unique context of Kerala, coupled with leadership of a few motivated and innovative officials, was key in both the decentralization and scaling-up process." Authors' Abstract
  • References (23)
    23 references, page 1 of 3

    Anand, S. J. 2002. Self-help groups in empowering women: Case study of selected SHGs and NHGs. Discussion Paper No. 38. Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India: Kerala Research Programme on Local Level Development, Centre for Development Studies.

    Bablu, J. S. 2002. Parties, communal bodies ‘hijack’ SHG concept. The Hindu.

    Census of India. 2001. http://www.censusindia.net/cgi-bin/census/census_report/ showstate.cgi

    Gopalan, S., R. Bhupathy, and H. Raja. 1995. Appraisal of success factors in nutrition relevant programs: A case study of Alappuzha community-based nutrition programme. Chennai: United Nations Children’s Fund.

    Isaac, T. M. 2001. Campaign for democratic decentralization in Kerala. Social Scientist 29 (340-341): 8-47.

    Isaac, T. M. I., M. Williams, Pinaki Chakraborthy, and B. V. Thampi. 2002. Women neighborhood groups: Towards a new perspective. Paper presented at the Seminar on Decentralisation, Sustainable Development and Social Security, organized by the Joint Committee of Panchayats of Aryad and Kanjikuzhy Blocks and the International Labour Organisation. Mararikulam, Kerala, India.

    Kudumbashree. 2002. Kudumbashree: An innovative women’s initiative in poverty reduction. PowerPoint presentation. Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India.

    ________. 2003. Kudumbashree: Concept, organization and activities. Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India.

    Kurian, G. 1998. Empowering conditions in the decentralization process—An analysis of dynamics, factors and actors in Panchyati Raj Institutions from West Bengal and Karnataka, India. Bhubaneswar: Centre for Policy Research and Advocacy.

    Nair, G. 2000. People’s planning: The Kerala experience. Discussion Paper No. 16. Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India: Kerala Research Programme on Local Level Development, Centre for Development Studies.

  • Metrics
    No metrics available
Share - Bookmark